Investment Advisor-March 2010

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  • Two Exercises for Letting Go

    Olivia Mellan

    When I have trouble letting go of emotional strain, I use either of these two simple exercises: 1. I imagine placing specific worries or concerns in...

  • How to Poach Talent from Larger Firms

    Angie Herbers

    The institutionalization of larger advisory firms gives smaller firms a tremendous recruiting advantage--and opportunity. The hardest part of bringing a young advisor into a small...

  • SEC Issues Guidance on Climate Change Disclosure

    Bob Keane

    The political debate over climate change continues following the December global meeting in Copenhagen. It certainly didn't help matters that in mid-February Washington D.C. was...

  • Editor's Note: A Word Not From Our Sponsors

    James J. Green

    During Tom Bradley's welcoming speech at the 14th annual TD Ameritrade Institutional conference last month, the ebullient Mr. Bradley was waxing on about certain (to...

  • Asset Allocation

    Staff Writer

    If there's anything in the economy about which to be optimistic Gary Shilling, the Springfield, New Jersey-based economist and advisor, thinks it's the de-leveraging of...

  • Merrill Discovers Retirement

    James J. Green

    It appears that Merrill Lynch, now ensconced in Bank of America, has realized the importance of retirement planning to its clients and potential clients, and...

  • The Problems With Pensions

    Melanie Waddell

    Members of Congress and retirement experts are working feverishly to ensure that pension plan funding relief is enacted soon. James Klein, president of the American...

  • Advice for Advisors

    Bob Keane

    Working with some 1,000 retirement plans certainly keeps Gerald Wernette of Rehmann Financial abreast of the latest trends in retirement. He has some first-person advice...

  • Changes

    Staff Writer

    ? Former Schwab Advisor Services executive David Welling has joined Black Diamond Performance Reporting as chief solutions officer and will oversee sales, marketing, product management...

  • RIA Growth at LPL

    James J. Green

    The biggest independent broker/dealer is growing rapidly in another way: as a custodian for advisors that use LPL Financial as the custodian for their RIA...

  • TD Ameritrade Stands Tall

    James J. Green

    At its 14th annual conference, held February 3-6 in Orlando, TD Ameritrade Institutional reported record attendance of 2,000, including 1,200 advisors. That strong showing matched...

  • Branded

    Marlene Y. Satter

    LeComte Moore, managing director at DeWitt Stern, says his company initiated work on its new reputation risk insurance coverage because, with "the advent and increased...

  • Two Insurers Give Back

    James J. Green

    While some consumers (and advisors) are not overly fond of major corporations and some question the ethics of big insurers in light of the 2008-2009...

  • Income Initiatives; Social Security

    Melanie Waddell

    President Obama's State of the Union address included a number of retirement savings initiatives that he'd like to see enacted: the automatic IRA, an expanded...

  • What the Research Found

    Staff Writer

    The research paper, Can Precious Metals Make Your Portfolio Shine, cited in this article was authored by C. Mitchell Conover, The Robins School of Business,...

  • Numerology: Worried, but Staying Put

    James J. Green

    A new survey conducted by ING's U.S. Retirement Services unit found that retirement plan participants employed at colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools have become less...

  • GroupThink

    Staff Writer

    ? The Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) recently elected two new board members to its leadership team--Ron Mastrogiovanni, president and CEO of HealthView Services, a...

  • More Advisors Embrace Alternatives

    Staff Writer

    Advisors are increasingly turning to alternative investments, not as a source of outsized returns, but rather to provide true diversification to clients' portfolios, according to...

  • Upgrades

    Staff Writer

    Fusion Advisor Network, the co-op-like broker/dealer and practice management service provider led by Philip Palaveev and Stuart Silverman, has added five firms with 18 professionals...

  • Redefining for Retirement

    James J. Green

    There's a "different mindset" that advisors need to have when focusing on the distribution phase of a client's life, says Scott Slater, and the firms...

  • Lightyear Buys ING B/Ds

    James J. Green

    Private equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC announced February 1 that it had completed its acquisition of the three independent broker/dealers that formerly constituted the ING...

  • Retirement Specialist

    Bob Keane

    The question of retirement is one of the biggest issues facing our society today. It's part of the healthcare debate when the subject is Medicare...

  • Clark at Large: Hope and Change

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    Over the past months, I've written rather extensively about the Obama Administration's proposed securities industry reregulation, the various proposals of what that might look like,...

  • The Battle for 401(k) Accounts

    Vaughan Scully

    Powered by Standard & Poor's MarketScope Advisor Judging by the numbers, there has been no decrease in the investing public's appetite for exchange traded funds: ETF...

  • Cover Story: Custom Job

    Melanie Waddell

    All signs point to 2010 as the year in which many substantive retirement planning reforms will either be cemented or set into motion by Congress...

  • Subtraction Through Addition

    Robert J. Lindner

    Anyone who has studied basic portfolio construction understands that it's possible to reduce the overall risk in a portfolio by adding an asset class that...

  • The Fast Track: Blue Chips

    Angie Herbers

    Having done hundreds of recruitment gigs over the years, I thought I'd seen it all. But, recently, as I recruited a junior advisor for one...

  • B/D News

    James J. Green

    SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro told chief compliance officers attending the Commission's second CCOOutreach seminar January 26 that since more and more firms registered with the...

  • About the Advisor

    Bob Keane

    Gerald Wernette Principal and Director, Retirement Plan Services Rehmann Financial 39300 W. Twelve Mile Road, Suite 100 Farmington Hills, Michigan Phone: 248-579-1100 E-mail: gerald.wernette@rehmann.com Web site: www.rehman.com Areas of Expertise: retirement plan consulting,...

  • Soapbox: What Comes First: Nation or Client?

    Steve Weydert, CFP, MS

    One key element of financial planning is to identify legal means to reduce clients' payments for state and local income taxes, estate and inheritance taxes,...

  • Insurance Update: House of Good Repute

    Marlene Y. Satter

    Suppose you have a client who owns a small chain of elegant cafes, known for using the best ingredients, organic foods, and artisan breads. The...

  • Letting Go

    Olivia Mellan

    In a culture that's all about striving, attaining, and acquiring, one of life's greatest challenges is knowing when and how to let go. It's hard...

  • Structuring for Success

    Dan Inveen, Eliza De Pardo

    As football fans are well aware, the New Orleans Saint overtook the Indianapolis Colts to win this year's NFL Super Bowl championship. To outperform the...

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